Step 1: Fill The Box
Make a shopping trip with the kids, get together with your coworkers, or get your church involved! Rather than an actual “shoebox” – please fill a Large Priority Mail Flat Rate Box (12”x12”x5.5”) from the U.S. Postal Service with an assortment of the items listed below…
Healthcare: Body lotion, Toothbrush, Tooth paste, Contact-Lens Saline Solution, Band-Aids, Surgical tape, Gauze, Tylenol, Tums, Allergy/cold medicine, Gold Bond foot powder, Lotriman Ultra, baby wipes, sun block, Chapstick, Deodorant, Razors, Eye-Drops, Ben Gay, Icy Hot, Q-tips (Also consider putting together a supply box for a female soldier) NO GLASS OR AEROSOL PER POSTAL REGULATIONS
Snacks: Beef jerky, Dried-fruit, Pop-Tarts, Hard Candy, Mixed Nuts, Granola Bars, Fruit Roll-ups, Ramen noodles, Tuna in a pouch, Gum, Mints, Powdered Drink Mixes, Nonperishable food items. NO GLASS, HOMEMADE ITEMS OR PORK PRODUCTS PER CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
Morale and Supply: AA and AAA batteries, Board Games, Word-Search Books, Sudoku Puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s, Pens and Pencils, Handheld Games, Duct tape, Electrical tape, Super glue, Flip-flops, White socks, Army-green socks, Hats, Gloves and Blankets
Include a “Thank You” card in the box. A personal letter or simple thank you card is a great way to let our troops know we are thinking about them and appreciate their service.
PLEASE – Include $15 postage for each Priority Mail Box. Checks should be made payable to “Shoeboxes for Soldiers”.
Step 2: Drop Off
Deliver the “fully loaded,” unsealed Priority Mail boxes to any Family Pharmacy location. Our team of volunteers will catalog the contents of each box and fill out the appropriate customs forms – then seal your box and send it on.
To meet shipping deadlines for Christmas, make sure completed boxes are delivered to any Family Pharmacy location by Saturday, December 3rd.
Leave your boxes and postage money with Family Pharmacy, and know that you’re putting a smile on the face of a soldier this Christmas. Imagine what a surprise it will be to receive a package from home, loaded with gifts and supplies, from neighbors and friends who just want to show how much we appreciate their service.
For more information or questions, please contact “Shoebox for Soldiers” coordinator Brian Bingham at: firstname.lastname@example.org.